Adams County man charged in shooting deaths of Alcorn students, held on $200,000 bond

Published 12:40 pm Friday, February 21, 2020

 From Staff reports

NATCHEZ — The Adams County man who turned himself in to authorities has been charged with aggravated assault in the shooting deaths of two Alcorn State University students.

Jerrell Davis, 20, made his initial court appearance in Claiborne County Justice Court Thursday, Sheriff Edward Goods said Friday.

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Goods said Davis’s bond was set at $200,000. On Friday, Davis remained in the Claiborne County Jail in lieu of bond, Goods said.

Goods said other charges may be pending for Davis.

“We are waiting on more evidence in the investigation to move forward,” Goods said. “We do not want to rush this case.”

Davis turned himself in to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday morning after a warrant had been issued for his arrest in connection with the deaths of James Carr, 20, of Itta Bena and Tahir Fitzhugh, 19, of Pennsylvania.

Authorities say four students were injured in a shooting that occurred shortly before midnight Monday at a non-university event venue 13 miles north of campus off Highway 61 in Claiborne County.

Three students were taken to the Claiborne County Medical Center after the shooting at a hangout spot called The Ark.

Carr and Fitzhugh died at the hospital. A third student was transferred to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and was listed in stable condition, a new release from the University said. The fourth student involved in the shooting did not require immediate medical attention.

The case is being investigated by the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department with help from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations and the Alcorn State University Police Department.